The line for this neo-party rock mini-fest went down the block. Tonstartssbandht went on first first, warming things up with their beachy psych-pop. Juan Waters was next, with a four-piece band and a cool stage show with handmade flags and kooky light installations. Very feel-good acoustic jams with tambourine, and a really fun crew hanging around. Sacred Bones faves, Amen Dunes, made the bopping go sway with some chill, dreamy psych-rock. Their new album will be out May 13.
On the heels of his recently released second full-length, Salad Days, Mac DeMarco did not disappoint his faithful followers—if a fan jumping up and setting off a fire extinguisher on stage is any sign of a good show, and it is. The closing number of the encore was a cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, also recently covered by Pink on her tour. Hey, people, Chris Isaak has a lot of songs. Anyway, DeMarco’s family was present at the show, they came all the way from Canada, and it was obvious where he gets his enigmatic charm from.
This particular lineup of bands with DeMarco at the helm makes me think of a Steely Dan, or yacht-rock for a generation that probably won’t ever be able to afford actual yachts, but can appreciate well-crafted, funky-pop good times indeed.
Photos by Jackie Roman.